Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.

Sussan Ley's medicine to avoid a month of 'carnage'

Michael Gordon One day after Tony Abbott interrupted his holiday to defend his government's revamped Medicare rebate, his new health minister has terminated hers to dump it altogether.

Don't shoot the messenger, Gillian Triggs tells critics

Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs

Michael Gordon The head of Australia's human rights watchdog has vowed to continue to investigate complaints against the government without fear or favour after Tony Abbott branded a recent decision "pretty...

Hunger strike by asylum seekers at Manus Island detention centre escalates protest


Sarah Whyte, Michael Gordon Tensions on Manus are rising as refugees stage a hunger strike, and are chanting that they are not safe in or out of the centre.

Even in absentia, Tony Abbott a factor in Queensland poll

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Michael Gordon One certainty is that Tony Abbott will be as inconspicuous in the Queensland state campaign as he was in Victoria, writes Michael Gordon.

Royal commissioner who pursued Julia Gillard can't answer the biggest question

As Julia Gillard discovered, Australia seems not to be ready for women leaders.

Michael Gordon Beyond the question of just what has been achieved by using a royal commission to pursue Julia Gillard is one that will not be answered for a decade or two.

Perspective: 1.5b Muslims, one madman

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Michael Gordon The starting point for any reflection on the tragedy that unfolded in the heart of Sydney is perspective - that this was a terrible crime committed by a sick individual, acting alone.

Tony Abbott vows to 'sweat blood' for Indigenous referendum

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott wants a referendum to be held in May 2017 to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, but won't commit to a date until he is confident it will succeed.

Government still in denial on Manus

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Michael Gordon The most troubling aspect of the Senate report into the violence that engulfed the Manus Island detention centre in February is not the finding that the government failed to protect asylum seekers...

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Australia could supply uranium, coal to Ukraine

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David Wroe, Michael Gordon Australia could supply uranium and coal to Ukraine in a move that would lessen the eastern European nation's dependence on gas from its neighbour and adversary Russia.

Malcolm Fraser savages Scott Morrison's new asylum seeker laws and senators who passed them

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Michael Gordon Australia is now known around the world as the most inhumane, the most uncaring and the most selfish of all the wealthy countries, former prime minister Malcolm Fraser has declared.

Medicare co-payment: penny drops as Abbott vows to listen and learn

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Michael Gordon Tony Abbott didn't say it, but his Medicare co-payment backdown is a belated admission that a centrepiece of his May budget was unfair to the elderly, to families with young children and the...

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Trust key to Tony Abbott's slide

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Michael Gordon The question for Tony Abbott to ponder over the Christmas break is why, if his government has delivered so substantially on its election commitments, is it being rated so harshly by the electorate.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott is feeling the heat after a 'ragged' year

Ragged: This has been a year of

Michael Gordon Political leaders don't get many chances to admit they were wrong, clear the slate and announce a new direction.

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Temporary protection visas in limbo on last day of Parliament

Immigration  Minister Scott Morrison at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon The Abbott government's plan to introduce temporary protection visas remained in limbo on Thursday as the Senate continued to debate the wide-ranging legislation late into the night.

Palmer United Party to back Scott Morrison's temporary protection visa legislation

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison close to securing Senate support for his migration bill.

Michael Gordon, Sarah Whyte Controversial temporary protection visas are closer to being restored as the Palmer United Party has confirmed it will support Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's sweeping migration and maritime...

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Morrison tries last minute sweeteners to crossbenchers

Last minute bid: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison details the concessions in a press conference on Wednesday.

Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon In a last minute pitch to the crossbenchers, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said he will increase the humanitarian intake of refugees if they pass the controversial Migration Act that is...

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Scott Morrison under pressure to compromise on Temporary Protection Visas

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Michael Gordon Immigration minister Scott Morrison is under mounting pressure from crossbench senators to compromise if legislation to restore temporary protection visas is to pass into law next week.

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Time for a new path to equality, says public health advocate Fiona Stanley

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Michael Gordon Australia needs to dramatically “scale up” its investment in early childhood and parental support to underpin the country’s future prosperity, says public health advocate and former...

Workplace gender gap is still too wide

Gender pay gap.

Michael Gordon Tony Abbott is set to seize on the most comprehensive study of gender inequality in the workplace to press the case for his signature paid parental leave scheme.

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Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion rejects justice targets for indigenous people

Scullion rebuffs call for justice targets: Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion.

Michael Gordon Report finds progress in some areas, including life expectancy, home ownership, year-12 completion and infant survival rates, but alarming increases in incarceration, self-harm and psychological...